The Bebop Major Scale

The Bebop Major Scale is a modified version of the regular major scale, with an added b6th scale degree. Learn how to harmonise this scale.

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Coltrane Changes

Coltrane changes (sometimes also termed the Coltrane matrix or cycle) refer to a progression of substitute chords employed by the great jazz saxophonist John Coltrane.

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Transcribing Jazz Solos

If you are studying jazz music, one of the most valuable exercises you can undertake in learning the language of jazz, is to transcribe another musician’s playing.

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Guardian Angels – John McLaughlin

This composition features John McLaughlin playing double tracked acoustic 6 &  12 string guitars, with multiple  meter changes and offers a rich harmonic and rhythmic background for the  melody played by both McLaughlin and violinist L.Shankar.

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Learning Rhythmic Subdivisions

This short lesson is all about learning how to subdivide specific rhythms against a single beat (in this case a quarter note) Learning how to play these rhythms is essential practice for all musicians.

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Tritone Substitution Jazz Lines

This composition features John McLaughlin playing double tracked acoustic 6 &  12 string guitars, with multiple  meter changes and offers a rich harmonic and rhythmic background for the  melody played by both McLaughlin and violinist L.Shankar.

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Four Note Melodic Cells

In this lesson I’m going to suggest an approach to arpeggio note combinations (the four note melodic cells) that I have found very helpful in my own practice.

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